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Electric Drives System of High Speed Permanent Magnet Motor Control

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees  (UK/EU/International)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline:  27 May 2024

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2024

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The Trailblazer PhD studentships have been devised and developed by leading early-career researchers at Coventry University.


This project aims to enhance the system performance of high-speed permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) drive which are critical in numerous applications including domestic appliances, aerospace, electric vehicles, and industrial automation, where high power rate and compact size are required. By increasing the motor speed, either boosting power output without altering motor size or maintaining the same power output while reducing motor dimensions is made possible.

Project details

The proposed project aims to address the existing challenges of high speed motor drive system, such as low position detection accuracy, low system stability, and large current harmonics. To achieve that, the project will involve extensive research, including a comprehensive analysis of various inverter/controller topologies and corresponding modulation strategies to determine the most suitable options for the target applications. Additionally, the project will address various motor control strategies to ensure optimal performance by increasing system efficiency and reliability while reducing system complexity.
The importance of this research lies in its potential to enhance the sensorless position detection accuracy, improve system stability, and suppress current harmonics for various applications. This project has the potential to significantly impact multiple industries, making it a critical area of research and development.


This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees, stipend/bursary (£18,622 p/a) and additional allowances for training, conference attendance and fieldwork.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Lu Wang.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.


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